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Union-backed Vitiello named as Border Patrol chief

A longtime border agent was tapped to lead the Border Patrol on Tuesday, with Ronald Vitiello's appointment announced in a CBP tweet. Vitiello had been backed by the union for BP agents, as the Trump administration is poised to add 5,000 to the agency's contingent of 25,000.... Read more»

Factcheck: Trump’s faulty refugee policy comparison

President Trump defended his sweeping immigration policy by calling it “similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.” That’s a faulty comparison.... Read more»

Border Patrol agent convicted of corruption but not Texas murder

Border Patrol Agent Joel Luna was found guilty of engaging in organized criminal activity, but a Cameron County jury acquitted him of murder. ... Read more»

Az lawmakers split on Trump order halting refugee admissions

Arizona lawmakers split over President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending refugee admissions and stalling travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, with Democrats predictably voicing opposition – along with some Republicans.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Border tax ideas could hit Arizona businesses where they live

If Trump embraces the House's "border adjusted" tax to pay for his wall, then only establishment Republicans, Mexican globalism and the president's grace in defeat will save us from global trade war, with billions at stake just here in Arizona. We've seen little evidence any of them have any authority over anything. ... Read more»

McCain: Trump travel block could halt Tucson F-16 training by Iraqi Air Force

A group of F-16 fighter pilots training with the Air National Guard in Arizona could be affected by the travel ban put in place by President Donald Trump, with Sen. John McCain raising concerns the move could block Iraqi Air Force pilots from traveling to Tucson.... Read more»

Guest opinion

McCain & Graham: Trump's immigration order a 'self-inflicted wound' in terrorism fight

"It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump's executive order was not properly vetted. ... Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism."... Read more»

Judge allows travelers who landed with visas to stay in country

A federal judge in Brooklyn, New York issued an emergency stay on Saturday that temporarily blocks the U.S. government from sending people out of the country after they have landed at a U.S. airport with valid visas. ... Read more»

Trump order will block 500,000 legal U.S. residents from returning from trips abroad

In banning newcomers from seven countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, the president has used language that will affect those who are in the U.S. already on visas and green cards.... Read more»

Trump bars refugees to U.S. for 120 days, blocks Syrians indefinitely

Jamal Saleh fled violence and police brutality in his native Syria in 2013, resettling in Phoenix with his wife and seven children, but leaving his farm, his beloved hometown, his brother and his sisters back in Syria. Which is where they may stay, after President Trump signed an order to block refugees from entering the U.S.... Read more»

Analysis

Trump's voter fraud probe could be used to justify voting restrictions

President Trump's plans to investigate the possibility of voter fraud in the 2016 election could pave the way for tough voting rules including stringent ID requirements that Democrats and rights groups say would amount to a new assault on voting rights. ... Read more»

Election officials: If there was vote fraud, it wasn’t in Arizona

Arizona lawmakers defended themselves and the state this week against President Donald Trump’s charges that millions of fraudulent votes were cast in November, saying they had seen no evidence of illegal voters in Arizona.... Read more»

Trump's Mexico tariff plan hits wall of opposition

The White House is considering a 20 percent tax on imports as a way to pay for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the Mexican border. Details of the plan were not available from the White House, which shifted positions several times over the course of the afternoon Thursday, but the broad outlines of an import tax were enough to earn the ire of businesses, lawmakers and some policy groups.... Read more»

Az experts: Trump's proposed tax on Mexican imports would be a 'disaster'

President Trump’s proposal for a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico would be a “disaster” that could lead to higher food costs and other price spikes and lost jobs, says an Arizona global trade promoter. Mexico is Arizona's number one trading partner, and some warned that a tariff could spark a trade war.... Read more»

Trump seeks 20 percent tax on Mexican imports

The White House said on Thursday that President Trump wants a new 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico to pay for a wall on the southern border, deepening a crisis after a planned summit between the two countries' leaders fell through. ... Read more»

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